Ford has finally revealed some key numbers on its upcoming 2013 C-Max Hybrid: fuel economy, horsepower, and driving range. The automaker is proud of the fact that its C-Max Hybrid is cheaper, more fuel-efficient, and more powerful than its closest rival, the Toyota Prius V.
The 2013 C-Max Hybrid is expected to return 47/44 mpg (city/highway), which would give the car a maximum driving range of 500 miles. That beats out the economy of the Prius V by three mpg on the highway and three mpg in the highway, as the Toyota is rated for 44/40 mpg.
Ford also revealed the total system power of its C-Max Hybrid will be 188 hp. The powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine with an electric motor/generator and lithium-ion battery pack. The combined output figure again trumps that of the Toyota Prius V, which has a 1.8-liter inline-four engine and electric motor that produce a total of 134 hp.
The C-Max Hybrid is a tall, five-passenger hatchback that will be built alongside the Ford Focus in Wayne, Michigan. Dealerships are now taking orders for the car, which will launch this fall. The 2013 C-Max Hybrid starts at $25,995 (including destination), a price which undercuts the Toyota Prius V's base price by $1285.
Ford hopes the combination of a low entry price and lofty fuel economy will entice more new customers to try a hybrid vehicle for the first time. The company hopes that half of all C-Max Hybrid buyers will be conquests, that is, customers who don't currently own a Ford vehicle.
Later this fall, Ford will release the C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid version of the model that is supposed to have a better driving range and fuel economy than the Toyota Prius plug-in, because it has a larger battery than the C-Max Hybrid. The Prius PHEV is rated at up to 87 MPGe (a measure comparing the efficiency of electric and gasoline-powered cars), with an all-electric driving range of 15 miles.
Ford has also released a short video detailing more of the 2013 C-Max Hybrid's features, which can be seen below.